Horizontal caving trip!

I have packs and helmets for those that need, please let me know if you need to borrow one (I already know that Linda, LIsa, John T and Yumi need one).
I also have room in my truck if anyone wants to head down w/us.  So far it's Linda, Yumi and me in the truck ( have room for 5 more, no joke).  I'd like to rally at my house at 3:30 for a 4:00 departure.  
A note on lights.  2 are required, 3 is best.  2 mounted to your helmet, and 1 in your packs.  The more waterproof the better.  If you don't already own lights, buy the energizer head lamps you can get at home depot, don't spend too much.  Several of us have VERY bright lights to light up the pretties and we are happy to share our light.  YOu only need enough light to safely navigate the cave, which is surprisingly little.  45 lumins are enough.   Also, have spare batteries for you pack.  Put them in a zip lock to keep them dry.  I carry enough batteries to change my two primary lights out once (although I rarely ever have to change batteries in the cave).  The 3rd light doesn't have to be head lamp and should go in your pack.
Have a couple of snacks (my favorite are cliff bars & trail mix) in your pack.  1 liter of water is what I carry in a nalgene bottle.
Wear no cotton, especially in direct contact w/your skin.  Even your undies.  You are better off comando than wearing cotton undies.  Wool socks, nylon or polyster is fine.  Your feet are going to get wet, so water proof boots honestly are a waste of money (unless you already own a pair).   I wear a poly-pro (think yoga pants or running tights) under a heavy layer like BDUs (army pants).  If you have specific questions please contact me or Adam directly.  On top, dress in layers, if you are like me, you'll run from hot to cold depending on what's going and being able to take off or put on layers is very helpful.
I wear kneepads and elbow pads.  I personally don't view knee pads as optional, but elbow pads are.
Bring a pair or two of gloves.  Cheap home depot kind are fine.  Stay away from leather (get's heavy and cold when wet) and cotton.  
Adam and I will be carrying safety gear and other provisions for safe caving, you only need to worry about what you need to have a great time.
Camping is BYOF, and BYOB.  We'll have a fire going and I'll have a BBQ and stove available.  Please bring your own cooking utensils.
I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but stay tuned for more info as we get close.  I posted our campsite # to the Meetup.

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Hello everyone! We just confirmed June 7th and June 8th for a horizontal caving trip into some of Indiana's river cave systems. One of the cave systems will be a thru trip! This means we will enter from one side and exit out of the cave from a different location. The caves will be mostly walking according to the maps and there will be a lot of water. At times water might get up to the waist! This will be a fun trip for a hot June weekend in central indiana so the first 10 people that RSVP will be invited to join the caving trip. The last day to sign up for this trip will be May 14th. We have limited access and other special considerations for this trip and information will be provided after the may 14th date. Let us know if you have any questions and we will see you underground! This is not a commercial caving tour trip, we will be entering cave systems guided by experienced Windy City Grotto Cavers. We will also be camping at spring mill state park for the weekend.

We will collecting $20 to $25 per person at the campground to cover the costs of firewood and camping for the weekend.

We often have last minute cancellations, so if the event is full, please register for the wait-list.

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  • yumi

    thanks phil/adam and justin/chris for helping us newbies out -- had a great time!

    1 · June 9, 2014

    • Phil G.

      Glad you had fun, we enjoyed having you with us3

      1 · June 9, 2014

    • Trish

      Yes, thanks everyone!

      June 10, 2014

  • Trish

    Thanks for everything everone! You are an awesome group of people!!

    June 9, 2014

    • Phil G.

      Glad you got home ok, sorry you had such turmoil. It was a great weekend!!!!!

      June 9, 2014

    • Trish

      Yeah, we got home just fine. It's not that bad. Car will be fixed Thursday, Marc is going to pick it up on Friday. All's well that ends well. Thanks again for everything! You guys are awesome!

      1 · June 10, 2014

  • Phil G.

    If you get there before I do, just tell the guys at the gate house that you're with Windy City Grotto, and if that doesn't work, give them my name.

    June 6, 2014

  • Phil G.

    Just a reminder, we are on sites 131, 133 & 110. If you arrive before me, please leave the pad on 131 open for my camper.

    June 5, 2014

  • Walter T.

    My son (he's 18) and I do not have helmets.

    June 3, 2014

    • Phil G.

      Walter, I'm sorry, but registration closed last week. We posted to this group and via email. Indiana DNR won't allow us to add anyone at this point. Where did you get that impression from? I hope we didn't mislead you. BTW, the State Park is beautiful, with lots of hiking. You are still more than welcome to join us for camping and enjoy the park. There are other caves in the area we can point you towards too.

      June 4, 2014

    • Walter T.

      Ok. Thx for letting me know. I'll try again next time. Have fun.

      June 4, 2014

  • Trish

    We will be arriving at the campground Saturday morning. Are you leaving for the cave at 9 am or going to be at the cave at 9 am? Is 8 am early enough? Should we be there at 7am?

    June 3, 2014

    • Trish

      Fantastic! We'll aim for 8 am, that way even if we fall 15/20 minutes behind we'll still be there in plenty of time. See you Saturday!

      June 3, 2014

    • Trish

      Just to confirm, it is Central time? Aren't they Eastern?

      June 3, 2014

  • Trish

    Can you recommend any equipment we should bring/wear? Also, if I read this right we do not need to book the campground that is already done?

    May 29, 2014

    • Phil G.

      I will bring helmets for all those that need. To start with, if you don't own a headlight, you should pick one up. You need at least one light on your helmet (two is preferred) and one in your pack. I will have packs for those that need to borrow too. I also highly recommend knee pads (volleyball style is cool).

      June 1, 2014

    • Trish

      Thanks!

      June 3, 2014

  • Phil G.

    I have plenty. Did you get your waivers in?

    1 · June 2, 2014

    • Trish

      Thank you. Yes we did.

      June 3, 2014

  • Trish

    If you have two helmets left that are still unaccounted for, Marc and I would like to borrow one each, please. If not let me know and we will buy a couple. Thanks!

    June 2, 2014

  • Phil G.

    I've added some info above, please read and let me know if you have any questions.

    June 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone! Don't forget to work on the links Adam sent out. He does need those by the 27th. If you have any question about the training or completing them contact me or Phil Goldman.

    May 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I believe he emailed them out. What is your email address?

      May 27, 2014

    • yumi

      i got them (and then eventually found them too) -- thanks, kassia

      May 28, 2014

  • Adam H.

    Hello everyone, for those who are attending the upcoming Caving trip, please check your meetup email as you have received a message for the next steps. If you have not received any emails please send me an email through meetup and I will make sure the documents will get out to you

    May 27, 2014

  • Adam H.

    Hello everyone, The deadline to sign up for this trip has now past but we will have more trips in the coming months so if you were not able to make this trip, there will be more in the future! cheers

    May 14, 2014

  • Kimi

    Could a total beginner like me handle this trip? Will we be camping outdoors? Do I need to bring camping gear (tent, cooking equipment, etc.)?

    May 13, 2014

    • Phil G.

      The 1st day, yes. The 2nd day will be a bit more intense, so I'd say it would depend on how you do the 1st day. We will be camping at the Spring Mill State Park (site already reserved). Everyone is responsible for their own meals.

      May 14, 2014

  • Bill E.

    Hi Kimi, I might be able to help you with the equipment you might need. I would suggest we wait to see what Phil and Adam say about what they feel is necessary, and we can go from there.

    May 14, 2014

  • Adam H.

    Wednesday at noon central time will be the cut off time for rsvping for the first timer trip. An email will go out to everyone who rsvped with the next step to register for the trip.

    May 12, 2014

  • Brian W

    I'd go but I have plans in Rockford that Saturday night. I hope this meetup does more caving trips this summer =D.

    May 9, 2014

    • Phil G.

      Brian, we try to do one to two trips per quarter. So stay posted here and you'll see our trips as we plan them.

      1 · May 9, 2014

  • Bill E.

    Sounds like a great trip. I will be in West Virginia that weekend, otherwise I'd love to join you. Have a great trip!

    May 8, 2014

  • Phil G.

    We will be on sites 129, 131 & 133. I just made a reservation. If you beat me there, please make sure you leave the pad on 131 available for my camper! Thanks!!!!!!

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • Phil G.

    We left out one minor detail in the description that I want to let the folks know about who've RSVP'd. I will making a reservation for us at the campground (Look for the Windy City Grotto Sign and I send out where we camping here before the weekend starts. Also, we'll ask folks for $20 to $25 per person to cover firewood and camping costs and includes a small donation to the Windy City Grotto to help us with our endeavors in caving and conservation. If this an issue for you, please PM me offline (pls don't cancel).

    May 8, 2014

  • Walter T.

    I'd like to go on this trip, and I'd like to take my 18yro son with me. It would be his first cave experience and my third. How do I sign both of us up?

    May 6, 2014

    • Adam H.

      Hello Walter, please RSVP to this trip as "yes" you are attending and bringing one guest. When we reach capacity for this trip I will reach out to you with further details.

      May 6, 2014

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